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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lazy Black Men? Or Greedy, Clueless Neoliberals?

In this op-ed, Cynthia Tucker argues that black men are just as lazy as the media portrays them. Her evidence? "I was to find men willing to help [a contractor] paint, lift, scrape, fill, dig. The pay was hardly exorbitant — $6 an hour. But it seemed reasonable for unskilled labor." Surprisingly, almost nobody but undocumented Mexicans were willing to do that work for those wages. Those lazy, greedy black men!

Since when is $6 an hour an appropriate wage for that kind of work? I used to paint houses during summers and made at least twice that, five years ago.

What's more, only an offensively clueless member of the bourgeoisie would call painting houses unskilled labor. I could see if it was picking strawberries or, I dunno, moving rocks or something, but painting is a trade.

Very sweet of her to exploit the depressed wages of undocumented workers, then throw her hands in the air and publicly blame, first, black men, and, second, "globalization." What about her individual role in this race to the bottom?

Tags: news and politics, immigration, economics, labor


  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I don't think I can critique that article fairly. It makes my skin crawl. It would be like reading a Jewish writer getting paid to write stuff about how Jews really are conniving and money-hungry, and it's a serious problem for America. For a non-Jewish audience and non-Jewish editors.

  • At 10:46 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah, I was actually about to delete the entry because on second thought, why subject our readers to such a yucky op-ed, but since you already replied I guess I'll leave it.

  • At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope that she wasn't hiring in New York State in 2006, because $6 an hour is BELOW the current state minimum wage of $6.75.

  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    It was in Alabama, which doesn't have minimum wage laws of its own. The Federal minimum wage is $5.15. So she wasn't breaking the law, just basic minimum standards of self-awareness.


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